Chelsea start Premier League title defence on losing note

Caution is always advisable when judging a team on the opening day of the season, but it’s not hard to envision Chelsea falling significantly off the pace of the challengers to their Premier League crown before injuries and suspensions allow them to approach anything like full strength. I want to win today and I wanted to win, I wanted to win not send a message. Why?

Morata’s start to life as a Chelsea player has not had the ideal start, missing a penalty in the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.

“This situation can happen and we must pay more attention next time”.

“We tried to keep the ball second half and contain them, but they’re a fine side, they threw caution to the wind because they had nothing to lose”.

Morata started on the bench for Chelsea against Burnley but replaced the anonymous Michy Batshuayi in the second half.

Miguel Britos’ late equaliser earned Watford a point against Liverpool in a topsy-turvy encounter at Vicarage Road.

David Silva fed Sergio Aguero to run through and beat goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and five minutes later Lewis Dunk headed Fernandinho’s cross into his own net.

From then on, the Clarets took complete control of the game and went three goals up. It’s obvious because the linesman is on the line.

“We were unlucky in the end”, Klopp said. A quick free-kick led to Defour swinging in a cross from the right and an unmarked Vokes planted a header past Courtois, with loud boos greeting the champion when the half-time whistle was blown.

Chelsea broke their transfer record to sign Morata from Real Madrid last month in a deal worth a reported £70 million (Dh332.4m), with the Spain global recruited to replace Diego Costa, who is set to leave the club this summer.

NAN also reports that Wayne Rooney scored the winning goal on his top-flight return to Everton after 13 years.

Debutant Ahmed Hegazi’s first-half header earned West Bromwich Albion a 1-0 win over Bournemouth, while Mauricio Pellegrino’s tenure as Southampton manager began with a 0-0 draw at home to Swansea City.

“A lot was made of our away form last season, and don´t get me wrong, that doesn´t correct it”.